|Sources of Persecution||Dictatorial Paranoia|
|Leader||President Emomali Rahmon|
Government officials are responsible for most of the persecution in Tajikistan. They raid church meetings, detain Christians and confiscate religious materials. Apart from state-controlled institutions, no religious activities are permitted.
All Christian activity is monitored. Registered groups have some freedom, but gaining registration is extremely difficult. It’s not illegal to convert to Christianity but new believers can be beaten by their families and pressured to renounce their faith.
Children and teenagers are not allowed to visit Sunday school or receive religious training. Islamic topics are part of the school curriculum and all children are required to attend. All Christian youth work must be done in secret.
“I think they wanted to humiliate me and show that a young Tajik lady who believes in Christ is a shame in our culture.” – Layla from Tajikistan.
When Layla turned 16, she received Christ and began attending church. Her family was angry and locked her in the house and shaved her head. In Tajik culture, a woman’s hair is her pride. Layla remains strong in her faith and continues to share the gospel with her community and family.
Open Doors support Central Asian Christians who are in prison, excluded from their family and community, and are in need of jobs. We deliver Bibles, disciple believers, and give micro-loans.
Pray that believers in Tajikistan will find ways to share their faith.
Pray that the church will be strengthened and able to grow despite opposition from the government.